Judges push for more powers to control who is placed on sex offenders register

Liberty Victoria criminal policy committee member barrister Michael Stanton said judges are best placed to decide whether someone should be on the list because they have all the facts about a case.

“The best person to make that decision is a judicial officer that has all the facts, that has expert reports in relation to risk assessments,” Mr Stanton told ABC Radio Melbourne.

“The problem is, like all these mandatory provisions, whether it’s sentencing or registration, it’s using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.”

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David Estcourt